Manhood in America: A Cultural History
Oxford University Press, 2006 - 322 pages
For more than three decades, the women's movement and its scholars have exhaustively studied women's complex history, roles, and struggles. In Manhood in America, Second Edition, author Michael S. Kimmel--a leading authority in gender studies--argues that it is time for men to rediscover their
own evolution. Drawing on a myriad of sources, including advice books, magazine columns, political pamphlets, and popular novels and films, he demonstrates that American men have been eternally frustrated by their efforts to keep up with constantly changing standards. Kimmel contends that men must
follow the lead of the women's movement; it is only by mining their past for its best qualities and worst excesses that men will free themselves from the constraints of the masculine ideal.
Condensed and revised in this second edition, Manhood in America features updated chapters and examples that extend its coverage through the Bush administration. Touching on issues of masculinity as they pertain to current events, the book discusses such timely topics as post-9/11 politics,
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2 67 off the system of working for hire , ” observed the Knights of St. Crispin , a shoemakers ' union , in 1870. Other workers used prostitution as a metaphor for wage labor , as men were forced to sell their bodies to the capitalist ...
And Bernarr Macfadden observed that masturbation had “ caused incomparably more sexual dilapidation , paralysis , and disease , as well as demoralization , than all the other sexual depravities combined , ” leaving men " maimed mentally ...
At first, Friedan noticed, women spoke with "a tone of quiet desperation" about their problems, the same quiet desperation that Thoreau had observed among American men a century earlier. But soon that muted tone gave way to righteous ...
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